Saturday, May 07, 2005

Suspended for Cell Phone Call...

Kevin Francois, a 17 year old junior at Spencer High School in Columbus, GA, was suspended for refusing to hand up his mobile phone. The suspension is for 10 days. The phone call was from his mother Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, who left in January for a one-year tour in Iraq with the 203rd Forward Support Battalion.

"Mobile phones are allowed on campus but may not be used during school hours. When a teacher told him to hang up, he refused. He said he told the teacher, "This is my mom in Iraq. I'm not about to hang up on my mom."

"Kevin got defiant and disorderly," [the assistant principal] said. "When a kid becomes out of control like that they can either be arrested or suspended for 10 days. Now being that his mother is in Iraq, we're not trying to cause her any undue hardship; he was suspended for 10 days."(source)

...I realize that schools must have rules, but come on, this has to be an exception people... (apparently the boy has no father --Mom is the only parent)

*Hat tip to JustRose for telling me about this story*

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